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Just want to say that I greatly appreciate those who have been taking the time to answer questions for me on various topics in a spirit of graciousness, love and wisdom as they have been on here on some fundamental issues for me. As I have mentioned, I am a first generation Christian, saved in an Independent Fundamental Baptist church, by doctrine a Baptist, but sometimes I look at the "culture," as some would call it. I grew up in public schools, etc. I wouldnt say it is the values that I hold, because I hold to Biblical values, when I was in public schools, a psychologist diagnosed me with Asperger's, which is a form of autism where they say one has a hard time reading people and different situations and responding correctly. I believe God can overcome all things, but on a practical level, what would be your counsel for a young man in such a situation, if he is having difficulty developing relationships in his church, feels he isn't wanted, not needed, etc.? Don't mean to get too personal on here, but this is a site where there are good, godly Baptist men who may have worked with others in similar situations and could give good, Biblical counsel. God bless.
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Not at all. You may have your own hurdles to overcome but Asperger's does not have to be a handicap. In fact it is mostly a unique way of thinking. The key is to see that it is a gift that can be developed. If God gave you a desire to be in the ministry then He will also show you how to use all your gifts for His work.
Thank you John. I've just graduated from Maranatha Baptist University with an Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry, and I have a pastor friend of mine in Tallahassee, FL inviting me to work with him in the ministry this Summer, go to Summer camp, etc. and this is really the first time I'm going to be involved at this level in the ministry of a church and it's got me nervous...though I believe God will get the glory from it. Amen.
I'll say this, a lot of people at my church were shocked when they found out I'm earning this degree, they didn't think I could do it.
Hi, Jordan! Already I've been blessed by your posts! My 14 year old grandson has Asperger's. Our son and family live two states away from us, so we don't get to see our grandchildren that often. We did get to see them last month however, and I had a wonderful one-on-one conversation with this grandson. As active as he is...I found that as soon as I started talking to him about the Lord, he became very still and calm. I asked him if he'd asked Jesus to be his Saviour...and he very seriously responded that he had. What a thrill it was for me to hear that! The Lord loves to work in and through the "unexpected" to accomplish the "unexpected". As long as you are loving our blessed Lord Jesus Christ with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength...and loving others as the Word commands...and being available as a willing vessel to be used for His glory - then there is no end to the glory you can bring to Him through your...service and ministry to Him! I pray that you will know His leading each step of the way. Many blessings to you, Jordan!